In Memoriam and Gratitude - Patricia Hatt
We at CLEO are deeply saddened by the loss of Patricia Hatt. Pat served on the CLEO Board of Directors for 15 years, leading as Chair for 5 years. She was a unique and strong voice, bringing her boundless energy and deep commitment to all of CLEO’s work. She was also a Board member of CLEO’s sister public legal education organization, the Ontario Justice Education Network.
Pat worked in the field of education for over 30 years, the last 15 in adult literacy and disability issues. She was a tireless volunteer, serving as co-chair of the Metro Toronto Movement for Literacy, Chair of the Board of Governors for George Brown College, and in several other volunteer capacities for literacy- and disability-related organizations.
Throughout her lifetime, Pat touched many lives, and we at CLEO are grateful to have benefitted from her involvement in and dedication to our work.
Paul Evraire, Q.C., Chair
Paul recently retired as Special Counsel (Litigation) from the federal Department of Justice. During his 42-year legal career as a litigator of complex matters before provincial and federal courts, he also supervised and mentored other litigation professionals.
He is a member of the Class Proceedings Committee of the Law Foundation of Ontario and a Board member of OJEN (the Ontario Justice Education Network). In 2017, Paul was appointed a member of both the Health Professions and the Health Services Appeal and Review Boards of Ontario.
Paul was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1984 and he received the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013 as well as the Ted Thompson Litigator of the Year Award from the Department of Justice in 2014.
Kylie Stanners, Vice-Chair
Kylie Stanners is the Director of Operations for Community Legal Services of Ottawa. Community Legal Services of Ottawa is a general service legal clinic that assists clients with landlord and tenant, public benefits, immigration, employment insurance, and workers’ compensation matters. She has worked in the clinic system for more than 25 years. She is keenly interested in using technology to support clinic work and ensure access to justice.
Kylie currently sits as a clinic member of the Information Technology Advisory Committee to Legal Aid Ontario and she coordinates the annual Ottawa Immigration Law Conference. Kylie is a past member of the Association of Community Legal Clinics of Ontario’s Executive, a former board member for the Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre and has volunteered as an adult literacy tutor with People Words and Change in Ottawa.
Elizabeth Goldberg, Secretary/Treasurer
Elizabeth Goldberg was most recently Chief Executive Officer of The Law Foundation of Ontario (LFO). She was a Trustee of the LFO from 1993 to 2002. She has also been on the Boards of Directors of The Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History, the Ontario Justice Education Network, and the Osgoode Hall Law School Alumni Association. She was a founding director and first President of the Association of Law Officers of the Crown.
Ms. Goldberg served for many years as Chief Constitutional Counsel for the Attorney General of Ontario, and from 2005 to 2007 she led a project resulting in the enactment of a new Public Service of Ontario Act. In 2006, she received the Amethyst Award for outstanding achievement by Ontario public servants. In 2009, she received the Law Society Medal awarded by the Law Society of Upper Canada to Ontario lawyers whose service reflects the highest ideals of the profession. In 2011, she was named a Woman of Distinction by the YWCA.
Khadeeja Ahsan is a staff lawyer at the South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario, representing low-income people across the GTA in matters involving immigration, employment, income support and public interest matters. She is committed to educating the public on issues of social justice, including equality and access to services specifically in immigrant and marginalized groups of people.
Khadeeja is one of the founders of "Outburst! Young Muslim Women Project" coordinated through the Barbara Schlifer Commemorative Clinic. She has been a board member of CLEO since 2014.
Anne is a recently-retired public sector consultant, specializing in public administration reforms at the international level. Her consultancy work, spanning several emerging democracies and post-conflict countries, focused on centre of government decision-making systems, integrated planning and budgeting, policy development processes, civil service reform, and staffing implications of decentralization.
Prior to becoming a consultant, Anne enjoyed a 20-year career in the Ontario Ministry of Finance. Her most senior posting was as Assistant Deputy Minister for Fiscal and Financial Policy.
Aiman is an award winning educator with over 25 years of teaching and administrative experience at the secondary school, college and university levels. He was honoured with the Toronto District School Board’s excellence Award (2014), the Canada’s Outstanding Principal National Award (2012) from the prestigious Learning Partnership, and was nominated by the community for the Metroland Media Urban Hero Award 2017.
Aiman is currently a Centrally Assigned Principal of School Improvement and Equity supporting and mentoring school administrators across 42 schools in the Toronto District School Board. By focusing on equity and anti-oppression, Aiman is committed to supporting schools by identifying barriers that prevent student success and working with educators to remove these barriers. He believes that every student can learn if provided with the necessary opportunities and support systems to be successful. By engaging post-secondary institutions, industry and various levels of government, Aiman has established effective partnerships and accessed funding to provide students with the resources they need to be successful. Having served on numerous committees and community organizations including Unison Health Network’s board of directors and most recently, the CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario) board of directors, he has extensive experience in supporting underserved communities and believes that education is the key that will unlock the doors of success for all students.
Aiman has met with and presented to delegations of education leaders from over 15 countries on effective school leadership, school improvement, instructional leadership, supporting newcomer communities, partnership development, and building community schools of the future. He holds a Masters degree in Information Technology and attended Executive Leadership Training at the Rotman School of Management University of Toronto, the Richard IVEY School of Management, and is currently enrolled in the Leading Change Program at Harvard University.
Frederika is retired from her position as Crown Counsel at the Legal Services Branch of the Ontario Ministry of the Environment where she litigated environmental matters. She is currently a panel member of the Law Society Tribunal, which deals with regulatory issues concerning Ontario lawyers and paralegals.
Before that, she was employed at the Financial Services Commission of Ontario. She also served as vice-chair at the then Social Assistance Review Board. She also worked as a clinic lawyer at Parkdale Community Legal Services and the Centre for Spanish-Speaking Peoples.
Frank is a partner at WeirFoulds LLP and appears as counsel on complex litigation matters in Canada and the Caribbean. Frank has been recognized often for his significant contributions and dedication to the profession and the community and has been named among the best lawyers in Canada.
In 2019, Frank was awarded the Law Society Medal, which recognizes him as a champion of equity and diversity in the profession. In 2016, Frank received the Ontario Bar Association Award for Distinguished Service and the Lexpert Zenith Award celebrating Diversity and Inclusion. Frank has been awarded the Planet Africa Award for Professional Excellence (2014), The Law Society of Upper Canada's Lincoln Alexander Award (2013) and a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012).
Frank is a past president of the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers and a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He is also a member of the International Training Committee of The Advocates' Society, and the Ontario Bar Association appointee to the Judicial Appointments Advisory Committee for appointments to the Ontario Provincial Court.
Grant has over 35 years' experience working as a lawyer, senior executive, mediator, facilitator, and consultant for governments, Indigenous communities and public and private sector organizations across Canada. He is now the Assistant Deputy Minister of the Negotiations & Reconciliation Division of the Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, where he is responsible for managing almost 50 land claims and land-related negotiations.
From 2014-2016, Grant was the first Executive Director of Policy, Equity and Public Affairs for the Law Society. He had lead responsibility for TAG, “The Action Group” on improving access to justice, along with revitalization of relations with Indigenous legal professionals and communities in response to the Truth & Reconciliation Commission's Report.
He has served in various roles in government as Deputy Minister of Native Affairs 1994-95, Legal Director of the Ontario Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs 2006-14, and Associate Executive Director of Aboriginal Business Canada, with Industry Canada 1995-99. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1988. He was on the founding Board of Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto in 1990.